Saginaw community gathers to support family of boy fatally struck by car

The death of 10-year-old Emmanuel DeSantiago Alvarez has raised questions about the safety of the road where he was killed. Sebastian Robertson reports.

SAGINAW -- The community of Saginaw have wrapped their arms around the family of a 10-year-old boy killed in a tragic accident Friday night.

Emmanuel DeSantiago Alvarez's family doesn't have the money for a proper burial, and that's what some local students are trying to change.

The spent their Labor Day morning baking and the afternoon selling the goods outside Highland Middle School.

It's one of many community-wide fundraisers.

"It could have been my 9-year-old son," said Eliza Mendez, a close family friend. "He was close friends with him. He's taking it hard too."

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While Alvarez's sisters were at the school, loved ones said his mother isn't ready to leave the house.

"Right now, she's taking it hard," Mendez said. "She's trying to cope with the situation."

The accident that happend on a stretch of Blue Mound Road in Forth Worth less than one mile from Saginaw High School.

Students and parents say that the road is known to be dangerous. There are no sidewalks and at night it's very dark, but that doesn't stop kids from using it to get to and from school.

That was the case Friday night.

The high school's football game had just ended when Alvarez and his cousin began walking home. Alvarez was hit and killed by a teenage driver. The school district says the driver is cooperating fully with police.

"He was an amazing kid," said Yeymy Alvarez. "We shared a lot of memories together. Like he was so sweet. Yeah, I'm really going to miss him."

He says his cousin had just started fourth grade and his birthday was last week.

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